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Dog fighting rings from BC to Manitoba
« on: January 20, 2017, 11:35:29 AM »
There has been an increase in large type dogs going missing ... Collies, GSD's, Pyre's ...
Farms, cities and towns are being targeted. These animals are beloved pets to their humans, treated lovingly and then get stolen and thrown into vicious fights.
Vehicles being used have been trucks, trucks with closed trailers, cars and vans. People who were able to get license plates off vehicles after finding strangers enticing their dogs away with food, have found that the license plates are unregistered.

If you love your pets, keep them safe please. Spread the word. I know on acreages and farms it is more difficult, but something needs to be devised, some changes made to keep our pets safe from predators. If you see any strangers hanging around, alert authorities. Alert your neighbors.

Where I live, if my dog is outside unattended, I will get a $250. dollar fine. This needs implementing everywhere, imo. The predators have been found in backyards trying to steal the dogs. A few dogs were lucky that their humans just happened to step outside at the moment.   


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Negligence of animals in care
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2018, 02:21:50 PM »
This has been going on for years and still nothing much being done, especially in all remote northern communities across Canada. Animals not being neutered, and a surplus of births, strays are now killing each other to survive, if they happen to survive the frigid winter temps unprotected.
I do wonder if some of these original dogs were stolen dogs to begin with.

Winnipeg animal societies seem to be rescuing dogs on a regular basis ... unwanted dog births accumulating unwanted dogs. The latest efforts showed dogs partially eaten by other dogs, and numerous little pups laying side by side frozen to death.

Nothing can be done about attitudes it seems, no matter how much money is pumped into northern areas, so perhaps some simple laws can be invoked.
Chiefs call for a "cull" on a regular basis, that is ... rounding up extra dogs and shooting them. AND the cycle of animal abuse (neglect) starts again. Meanwhile rescue societies get financial assistance from caring individuals so dogs can be saved and sent to vet clinics and further to adoption centres.

As the mercury drops, Manitoba's animal rescue services are fielding a rising number of calls about cats and dogs left out in the cold. According to one dog rescue group, animals in remote northern communities are freezing to death "absolutely every day."

Lindsay Gillanders, a co-ordinator with Manitoba Underdogs Rescue, said because the group is lacking in foster families for dogs, it is unable to save as many pups as it would like.

"Absolutely every day there?s dogs freezing to death in northern Manitoba," she said by phone Tuesday.

If you spot an instance of animal cruelty or neglect within the city, call the Winnipeg Humane Society?s cruelty line: 204-982-2028.

If you?re outside Winnipeg, contact the province?s animal care line: 204-945-8000.

"If we don?t have the foster homes, unfortunately, we can?t bring the dogs in. It?s something that we struggle with every winter because people are going on vacation, as well as having Christmas. It?s not the most convenient time to bring a dog into the home, but we really do rely on people to do that so that we can save lives."

Gillanders' own dog, a pug-mix named Lucy, was rescued from the freezing cold in January 2014. Another recent rescue, Isla, was found huddled under a car hood in November, trying to keep toasty with two-and-a-half-week-old puppies. (The pups are now named after warmer climes, Tahiti and Fiji.)

Isla, a one-year-old shepherd/husky mix, underwent surgery at the Pembina Veterinary Hospital in Winnipeg over the weekend. She had to have her leg amputated after suffering serious elbow damage, likely caused by getting hit by a vehicle, the rescue group said.

Calls about animal cruelty-related crimes went up over the last two months, according to the Winnipeg Humane Society, though figures weren't immediately available. The WHS said it received 102 weather-related calls in November and December 2017 from people concerned about seeing animals left in the cold.

Heather Neil, an animal protection officer and the humane society's manager of investigations and emergency response, said the organization tends to receive more calls during extreme cold snaps.

"We usually get an increase in calls for animals without shelter or shelter that?s not up to snuff, that won?t protect them in the winter. We do get an increase that follows the temperatures," she said.

In Winnipeg, Neil said she hasn't witnessed any dogs or cats freezing to death, although instances of frostbite and uninsulated shelters are more common.

"Over the last five or 10 years, the public is placing a greater value on our companion animals. They tend to have a greater meaning in our lives, in our homes, as part of our families," Neil said. "So I think that makes people more aware. The reporting systems have become easier to contact and I think social media has a large play in this."

Margaret Scott, who lives in Ste. Anne, about 45 minutes southeast of Winnipeg, recently posted on Facebook about her husband's experience with a neglected animal. She had dozens of neighbours chime in with similar stories.

On Friday, her husband, who works at a dairy farm, saw a woman stop a car and throw a cat out its door. When he confronted her, she said she didn't want the cat anymore and had decided to take it to a farm.

"We were facing -32 C that night. There was no thought of the animal she was just discarding," Scott said in an interview Tuesday. The woman, however, did take the cat back after some peer pressure from her husband, Scott added.

Having animals "dumped" on their driveways is a common occurrence in rural Manitoba, she said, adding she wants to see more shelter spaces open for animals ? as the Humane Society and other rescues are perpetually full ? not to mention more responsible pet ownership.

For Aileen White, deputy chief executive officer of the Winnipeg Humane Society, finding animals in distress "is a common thing, sadly, in all sections of our province, especially when we get such a horrible cold time."

"Sadly, what I?ve long learned in this weather ? whether it?s really hot weather or really cold ? is that common sense is not common," she said.